Intelligent Design

More Points on ERVs

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In my previous two articles (here and here), I explored some of the background information concerning the integration of retroviral elements into primate genomes and the various arguments for common descent which are based on them. I explored, in some detail, the evidence for common descent based on the shared placement of retroviral sequences. In this final article, I will discuss the two remaining points which are raised in the popular-level article which I have been examining. Read More>>>

5 Replies to “More Points on ERVs

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    Mung says:

    So has anyone produced a
    phylogeny of retroviruses?

    I mean there had to be some “mechanism” to get these ERV’s into the genome, right?

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    Joseph says:

    Nice series of postsJonathan- thanks.


    What if they just look like ERVs?

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    Mung says:

    Hi Joseph,

    If it looks, talks and walks like a duck, it’s probably a duck.

    It it’s not an ERV, how did it get there?

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    Joseph says:


    The alleged ERVs may look like ERVs but that is all.

    How did they get there? As part of the design for that organism.

    I read a paper in which they say that ERVs may have actually originated from leftovers of some organism- a true selfish gene (think prions).

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